Watermelon is the new mango. This summer, we've seen tons of recipes for watermelon in just about everything. At the Fancy Food Show, watermelon-based gazpachos (we were right next to them!) were selected as among the top 5 food trends for this year.
Well, we've got something to add to your next grilled meal--watermelon tzatziki. The sweetness of the melon really pairs nicely with the tangy greek yogurt. Such a refreshing and satisfying way to enhance a meal. Speaking from experience, it works really well with grilled lamb chops or grilled chicken kabobs.
Preparation: Cut up several pieces of watermelon, leaving the rind on. The rind will give you something to hold on to as you shred the melon into small pieces. After you've shredded approximately 1 cup of watermelon, place it into a strainer and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes to allow the water to drain out. After most of the water has drained out, it should yield approximately 2/3 cup of watermelon.
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl, except for the salt and Spartan Oil. Mix gently to blend. Add in the salt and Spartan Oil until you're happy with the taste.
Pro tip: Preparing the tzatziki the night before will allow the ingredients, particularly the garlic to intensify in flavor.
If you wanted a traditional Greek salad in Greece, you'd go to just about any restaurant or taverna and ask for a "horiatiki salata", i.e. "village salad". In the villages are where the freshest ingredients can be found, but it's the simplicity of the salad that makes it great and tasty.
Cutting: Don't worry too much about precision--the point is to get chunks small enough to fit two or three items on a fork at once. Cut each tomato into approximately 12-16 pieces. Cut cucumbers into half-moon pieces. Green peppers and onions should be cut into smaller pieces approximately half the size of one of your cucumber chunks.
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl, except for feta, oregano and Spartan Oil. Mix gently to blend. Place chunks of feta on top, then liberally drizzle the entire salad with Spartan Oil. Place oregano in palms and rub oregano over salad. Prior to plating, toss entire salad.
Pro tip: Add some chopped fresh basil for an extra flavor kick.
This... Is... SPARTA! (No, seriously. This is Sparta in a sauce.)
Look around Sparta and you'll see olive trees everywhere. But mixed in, you'll find fig trees, orange trees, and dozens of other varieties of fruit trees. This is the inspiration for our BBQ Throwdown sauce.
Barbecuing in Sparta is about featuring the fresh meats and vegetables. True to form, food in Sparta is exceptionally simple and sauces are typically olive-oil based. Tomato based sauces are a winter staple, when fresh tomatoes aren't available. Our sauce is a variation of the traditional Ladolemono (oil-lemon) sauce, with orange juice and fig preserves for a sweet and fruity kick.
Use to marinate and grill chicken, basting every 5 minutes. Also perfect for a grilled pork chop or mild flavored white fish like Branzino.
Step 1. Make Roasted Garlic
Step 2. Combine Remaining Ingredients
Yields approximately 1 cup.
Recently, while on a trip for a family wedding (absolutely beautiful and amazing and any other superlative available), we went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I've been trying to pay a little more attention to what I eat which, of course, is the exact opposite of what you should do at a place like Cracker Barrel. Thankfully, Cracker Barrel has some pretty decent breakfast options (turkey sausage and bacon, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc.).
So, I asked the lovely server for a fried egg, turkey sausage, and a side of fresh fruit.
"How do you want that egg--easy, over?"
"Well, let's go with over."
When the breakfast arrived, the eggs looked remarkably clean, as if they'd been fried in a pan with no oil or seasonings. They were... okay... No match for a Spartan-style fried egg.
We got home and the first breakfast we made were fried eggs in Spartan Oil. So delicious with crispy edges on the whites and a light coating of olive oil all over. Delectable.
Here's how to fry an egg Spartan-style.
What you'll need
How to do it